beauty contest


Definition of beauty contest

1a : an assemblage of girls or women at which judges select the most beautiful

called also beauty pageant

b : a contest or competitive situation that is likened to a traditional beauty contest especially in involving judgments made on the basis of physical attractiveness or popular appeal … an elite automotive expo and beauty contest where cars of only the highest caliber …— Hannah Elliott
2 US politics : a presidential primary election in which the popular vote does not determine the number of convention delegates a candidate receives Mr. Ford and Mr. Reagan are listed in the Republican preferential primary or "beauty contest."— Charles Mohr

Examples of beauty contest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Anaheim Convention Center has held several youth sporting events and dance competitions and plans to host a beauty contest this month. Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times, 10 July 2021 People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which regularly decries the show as a canine beauty contest, staged a demonstration Saturday on a Tarrytown corner. Jennifer Peltz, Star Tribune, 12 June 2021 Hence, the beauty contest fervor is understandable and warrants praise for effort, but the jury is still out as to genuine intent, ambition, audacity, and impact. Frank Van Gansbeke, Forbes, 17 Apr. 2021 The cards are collected by players and are used to dole out penalties or rewards for a various reasons, like winning second place in a beauty contest or being assessed for street repairs. Amanda Jackson, CNN, 22 Mar. 2021 CHICAGO - Marquette's 77-71 victory over DePaul on Tuesday won't be confused with a beauty contest. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 Mar. 2021 Here’s the truth: The four-team Playoff has always been a beauty contest, not a reward for winning a particular number of games or even a conference. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 15 Dec. 2020 The Playoff is, by design, a beauty contest and not a tournament that hands out automatic tickets. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 9 Dec. 2020 But most important is the beauty contest aspect to the Heisman. oregonlive, 29 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of beauty contest

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of beauty contest

: a contest in which people judge a group of women or girls and decide which one is the most beautiful


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